What a riveting piece of literature Zora Neal Hurston has written with her short story “Sweat”. The setting, the tempo of the story, the in depth focus on dialogue and the characters accents are all brilliant. From the first few paragraphs you are hooked and can’t stop reading. You can’t help but loathe Sykes, every bit of his character is deplorable. Delia is tortured by this brute even though she slaves away to give the both of them food and a worthwhile life. I have a few questions to pose to anyone out there willing to respond. Do you think Sykes put the snake in the basket simply to further scare Delia into leaving the house? Or was it to kill her to make room in the house he had no claim to, for he and his woman. Were you as happy as i was when Sykes finally had his run in with the snake? The last question is to those who have read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston. Were you kind of dissapointed a bit like I was were her lack of creativity from story to story? It seems like thats the same crew on the store porch, the same owner (even is name Joe, like Joe Starks). There is even a character walking in front of the store with livestock, this time its delia and a horse rather than the town idiot and his mule.